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It Happened One Weekend: FiDi Nearly Family-Friendly, Sting Switches Sides, More!

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1) The sixth-annual "residents and real estate agents say the Financial District is now truly on the verge of becoming a 24-hour, seven-day neighborhood that is genuinely family friendly" article has arrived. This year's batch of evidence: new schools, alleged promised playgrounds, diapers sold in bodegas and young families willing to awkwardly pose with baby carriers. ['The Diaper District']

2) Hey, the other New York Social Diary rumor (not the Corcoran-closing-down one) ended up being true! Brown Harris Stevens is taking over boutique Upper East Side brokerage Edward Lee Cave, and will continue to run it as an independent division. Meanwhile, some brokerages says sales are down 50-75 percent. [Big Deal/'Once a Boutique, Now a Division']

3) Last week the Times' Josh Barbanel reported that Sting was re-listing his 88 Central Park West apartment with Elliman for $26 million, though it was last priced at $20 million. Apparently that wasn't quite so, because Barbanel now reports the apartment will be on the market for $19 million?through a Halstead broker whose biggest celebrity client to date is Matthew Modine. [Big Deal/'Wrong Fellas']

4) In The Hunt, A lawyerly married couple living in Chelsea looks to Brooklyn to get as much space possible for their billable bucks. They go for a big second-floor unit in DoBro's famed BellTel Lofts, overlooking a row of closed storefronts. But no worries: "The upside to buying a place with no view is you don't worry you paid money for the view and now someone is building on it." How zen. [The Hunt/'Finding Value, Despite a Droopy Market']

5) Urban Planning: the children's book. Look out, Harry Potter! [Posting/'My First Book of Urban Planning']

6) Following the dismantling of the P & G's neon sign on the Upper West Side, Christopher Gray runs through other classic neon signs that have stood the test of time, including the White Horse Tavern and Russ & Daughters. [Streetscapes/Neon Signs]

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